A loan of $600 helped buy 3 oil cylinders.


Rufina's story

Rufina is 43 years old, studied until sixth grade, is married, and has four children (two boys of 23 and 7, and two girls of 20 and 16). She lives in downtown Chacachaca, Pomata District, Chuchito Province, Puno.

Rufina is a founding member of the community bank “Buenavista” in Chacachaca. With a loan of S/.300, she bought 2 good sheep at S/.150 each. She could only study until middle school because her parents did not want her to go to school. At 20 years old, she started her home and started selling fish preserves in the city Arica and fruits in the city of Yunguyo. For the past 10 years, she has worked as a sales woman of combustibles and sodas of all brands.

With this loan of S/.1800 that she will pay back in 3 payments, she will buy 3 cylinders of oil at S/.560 each.

Her goal is to establish her own store of combustibles so that her children can study and become professionals.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Brittany Thatcher


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